My wife, who is a dentist, has begun getting a free copy of U.S. News and World Report in the mail. It seems to have become a consumer magazine--not an authoritative, trustworthy survey like Consumer Reports, but more like one of those city magazines that gives five stars to restaurants that advertise in it. The latest issue features "FINDING THE BEST CAR FOR YOU: WE DO THE RESEARCH. YOU ENJOY THE RIDE." It displays a picture of a red sports car on the cover. That should be a tip-off that what U.S. News means by "best" has little to do with cost, utility, safety, and gas mileage.
At the Republican debate yesterday, the candidates kept spitting out the words "biofuel" and "ethanol" like boys desperately tugging at a slot machine, hoping to hear voter approval come clamoring out. The Dems do it too; it's difficult for anyone to come out of Iowa without kowtowing. But I thought this whole fuel alternatives fetish called for a quick briefing.
It's probably smart of John Edwards to answer questions about the inevitably of Hillary Clinton by recalling "the inevitably of Howard Dean"; but, assuming Edwards does actually believe what he's saying, I think it's wishful thinking. Dean, after all, was the unlikeliest (not to mention shakiest) of "frontrunners"--opposed by large swaths of the Democratic establishment and fueled by a relatively young and inexperienced campaign team.